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War and Social Change in Modern Europe

War and Social Change in Modern Europe
The Great Transformation Revisited

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  • Date Published: April 2004
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521540155

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  • Halperin traces the persistence of traditional class structures during the development of industrial capitalism in Europe, and the way in which these structures shaped states and state behavior and generated conflict. She documents European conflicts between 1789 and 1914, including small and medium scale conflicts often ignored by researchers and links these conflicts to structures characteristic of industrial capitalist development in Europe before 1945. This book revisits the historical terrain of Karl Polanyi's The Great Transformation (1944), however, it argues that Polanyi's analysis is, in important ways, inaccurate and misleading. Ultimately, the book shows how and why the conflicts both culminated in the world wars and brought about a 'great transformation' in Europe. Its account of this period challenges not only Polanyi's analysis, but a variety of influential perspectives on nationalism, development, conflict, international systems change, and globalization.

    • Focuses on the interrelationship of global structures, states, and social forces in conflict and social change
    • Details the key role of imperialist wars and social conflicts both in Europe's industrial expansion and in bringing about the great transformation
    • Illuminates parallels between the political dynamics of 'globalization' and those that gave rise to the dismantling of systems of national welfare and regulated markets in eighteenth-century Europe
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521540155
    • length: 540 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 31 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 19 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Conflict and change in world politics
    Industrial expansion in nineteenth-century Europe: a critique of the Polanyian view
    Conflict and change: a class approach
    The Great Transformation, revisited
    Part I. Social Forces, Industrial Expansion, and Conflict in Europe's Nineteenth-Century Market System:
    2. The first transformation: social forces in the rise of Europe's nineteenth-century market system
    The aristocratic - 'absolutist' conflict
    National political revolutions and the struggle for the state
    The new balance of social power and the new European order
    Class conflict, revolution, and war
    3. Europe's nineteenth-century industrial expansion: a 'bottom up' perspective
    The dual economy
    Domestic markets
    The circuit of capital
    4. Europe's century of war, 1815–1914
    Conflict and dualistic industrial expansion
    Labor, enfranchisement, and ethnic struggles
    Imperialist conflicts
    5. World War I and the post-war retrenchment
    Imperialism and war in Europe
    The post-war retrenchment
    Labor, democracy, and minorities between the wars
    Imperialism in the interwar years
    Part II. The Interregnum:
    6. The polarization of European society, 1918–39
    Prelude: challenge and response, threat and compromise before World War I
    Post-war revolutionary currents and the Fascist reaction
    The polarization of European society
    7. The politics of appeasement and counter-revolution: international relations in Europe between the wars
    British appeasement policies
    The 'appeasers'
    alternative interpretations
    Part III. The Great Transformation:
    8. The post-World War II order
    Europe's post-World War II social peace and prosperity
    Social structure and development in post-war Europe
    Peace in Europe
    9. The great transformation and the eternal return: 'globalization' reconsidered
    Europe's nineteenth-century industrial expansion: the 'great transformation' revisited
    Globalization: the 'great transformation' reversed?

  • Author

    Sandra Halperin, University of Sussex

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